Back in the day I’d fire up Safari, open up Flickr and flick through hundreds of photos online. Why? Browsing is free, and it’s a good way to see the works of other photographers. Flickr seems to be on the upswing these days with more storage and a better user interface, but browsing is still browsing.
Here’s a better way and it’s free.
The F-Stop app for your Mac gives you more tools to browse through Flickr’s photos, but also upload photos to Flickr, monitor activity, manage photos and details, as well as share your Flickr photos on Twitter.
Yes, you need a Flickr account to use F-Stop, but look at what you get for free.
F-Stop monitors your Flickr account activity so you can see which photos get the most views. Searches can be customized and saved. Within F-Stop you can view all the details of each photo you’ve uploaded.
There’s an option to add notes to specific photos, reorder photos within sets in Flickr, add or remove comments to each photo, update photo meta tags, and see geotag information on a map.
F-Stop is a bit cumbersome to use at first, but the options are limited and the learning curve gradual. Set up F-Stop with your Flickr account details. Then, browse photos in groups or galleries. Search photos and save the search criteria.
All this is free and it makes digging into Flickr a little easier than in a browser window.